Man allegedly put GPS on woman's car before burglary

A Kansas man stands accused of burglary. The owner of one home believes he used a very simple method of determining when she and her son were home -- a GPS device on their cars.

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Planning a burglary always seems to take so much time in the movies.

Joints must be cased. Hoods must be bought. Cars must be tuned to perfection and driven by people who aren't terribly clever.

One man, though, allegedly used technology to bypass some of these irritants.

As the Kansas City Star reports, Steven Alva Glaze stands accused of 14 counts of criminal damage, attempted burglary and real, actual burglary.

The owner of one of the homes believes that Glaze found a simple way of discovering if she and her son were home. He allegedly placed a GPS device on their cars.

Local police and prosecutors have not commented on these allegations.

However, the woman told the Star: "I came home about 5:30 p.m. I had been storing things in the garage and when I walked in the garage, it was like a war zone."

She had been having her house remodeled and was storing many items in her garage. She claims that after the alleged burglary, GPS devices were on both her own and her son's cars.

The allegation is that Glaze was so confident that no one would be home that he had a truck and trailer pull into the woman's driveway.

This allegedly allowed him to haul away more than $100,000 worth of jewelry, luggage, fur coats and many other valuable items.

Some might wonder where a would-be burglar might get his inspiration from to perform such a deed.

For some time now, there has been huge debate as to whether it is legal for the police to track suspects using GPS devices without a warrant.

Last month, a group of legislators proposed a bill that would make it illegal for police to either plant a GPS device or use cell phone tracking data without a court-ordered warrant.

The Supreme Court declared in 2012 that a warrant was required for GPS devices, but cell phone location information still seemed like a gray area.

GPS devices are easy to buy and use these days. It's impossible to always know whether one is being tracked or not.

Again, it's not that you should keep looking in the rear-view mirror, as in the movies. Somewhere under the car might be your first choice of inspection.

It doesn't seem that the criminally inclined have often been accused of using a GPS device to ensure that the targets of burglaries might be empty.

Perhaps they're just catching up. Certainly, it's one more thing to worry about.

 

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